As more of how we access information and content moves digital, there is one invention that has never really caught on in my life. The digital alarm clock.
I have never been able to figure out how to set any of the digital alarm clocks I have owned, let alone the ones they offer in hotel rooms.
Because I work with a lot of folks from the east coast and also in Europe, I tend to have a variable time I wake up each day, highly dependent on my schedule. The idea of programming a digital alarm clock late at night, trying to ensure I have the am/pm setting correctly is too much of a hassle and frankly stirs up anxieties I will have the time wrong.
On the other hand, nothing is more comforting than to be able to simply turn a dial and see the alarm hand move to the time you want to wake up, pull up a knob to turn on the alarm and enter into dreamland.
It is for this reason I always bring my own analog alarm clock when traveling.
This week, when I checked into the ALoft in Tallahassee, I was delightfully surprised. There, next to my king-sized plush bed which also had power outlets close by so I can sleep next to my IBM Thinkpad and Apple iPhone…was an analog alarm clock.
I am thoroughly impressed.